“I’ve never been away, I just didn’t do any shows,“ Hervé Leroux said about his comeback to the official fashion calendar after a 12-year absence. The designer — who caused a sensation with his curve-hugging bandage dresses in the Nineties before being ousted by Max Azria from the Hervé Léger label — has turned the page. “I feel good, I’m happy,” said Leroux on Thursday.

The dozen pieces in rich colors, ranging from saturated yellow to bronze to petrol, evoked an old-school Hollywood glamour. Elaborately draped from silk jersey, custom-made for Leroux in Italy, the gowns oozed elegance with simplicity as their key ingredient. With his return to couture week, he has just begun to reestablish his name. “I give myself one year to launch a perfume; Serge Mansau is already working on the bottle. I would also love to go back to tailoring, do shoes, evenings bags and swimwear,” added Leroux, though he would not give a timeline for his ambitious projects. “I’m independent, it takes time. But I feel good and business is healthy; the timing is right.”

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